DCMS on the hunt for digital policy advisors as Brexit looms

Written by Public Technology staff on 13 June 2017 in News
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The culture department wants staff who will be “proactively working” with the key Brexit departments

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is seeking a team of senior technology advisors to help it grapple with the consequences of leaving the European Union.

DCMS is looking for eight new policy hires across its Digital and Media Group, with those assigned to EU exit and trade tasked with “developing and analysing policy options as we prepare to leave the EU and to support international trade”.

Although DCMS says the roles will be suitable for “experienced policy officials with an interest in technology and telecoms” the posts are not limited to existing civil servants, with the department also saying they would be ideal for “people with a background working in the tech sector who would like to work in government”.


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The department says the new hires will be “proactively working” with the key Brexit departments – the Department for Exiting the European Union and the Department for International Trade – “to ensure that DCMS priorities are fed into the UK exit and negotiating strategies”.

Gila Sacks, DCMS’s director of digital policy, said the roles would be ideal for those “inquisitive and excited about technology and what it can do”.

She added: “You don’t need to be a tech expert, but experience of working in, or with, the tech sector will certainly help. Nor do you have to have worked in the civil service before - we have a great track record of bringing people in from industry. 

“We have a wide variety of roles available and you’ll be joining a diverse, friendly and fun team of people with some of the most interesting jobs you’ll find in government.”

Successful candidates can expect to command a salary of between £48,169 and £56,243, according to a job specification posted online, and those interested have up until June 18 to throw their hat into the ring.

Earlier this year, industry body Tech UK set out its priorities for the sector in the upcoming Brexit negotiations. The organisation called for reassurances on a “new comprehensive free trade agreement” with the EU as well as contingency plans should any deal fail to be struck. It also pressed for a more “joined up strategy” between DIT, DCMS, and local government in order dissuade tech firms from relocating and sell the benefits of staying in the UK.

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